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US First Family Lights Up The National Christmas Tree To Kick Off The Festive Season

Date December 1, 2017 16:25

The US National Christmas Tree is 'lit', literally. First Lady Melania Trump flipped the traditional switch during the 95th annual Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony which took place on Thursday, November 30.

Trump wishes everyone a Merry Christmas.

After President Trump led the crowd in a countdown from 10, Melania set the tree aglow with golden lights and silver stars. 

During his remarks, the president said wishing the country a 'Merry Christmas' was an occasion he has been looking forward to, referring to his campaign promises, in which he assured that Americans would be “saying Merry Christmas again.”

The Tree Lighting ceremony

The event was hosted by Kathy Lee Gifford and Dean Caine. It also featured performances from the Beach Boys, Jack Wagner, Wynonna Judd, Craig Campbell, and others.

The National Tree Lighting tradition began in 1923 with the president at the time, Calvin Coolidge. It is a pretty significant American tradition that is aimed at kicking off the festive season and encouraging Americans to embrace the Christmas spirit.

Last year, the Obama family were in charge of lighting up the National Christmas tree. The event was hosted by Eva Longoria, Yolanda Adams, Marc Anthony, Kelly Clarkson, Chance The Rapper, James Tylor, and more who performed a collection of holiday songs to cheer up the crowd.

The tree itself has looked different over the years. In 2015, for example, it was trimmed with sparkling gold ribbon and silvery white stars and lights.

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It has also evolved in the digital sphere with its own website and social media page.

Traditionally, the ceremony also symbolises the beginning of three weeks of nightly holiday music celebration in front of the tree.

We enjoin everyone to keep the reason for the season alive and as we celebrate, we should also ensure we show love and kindness to one another.

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